A day at The AlhambraSaturday, October 29, 2016
Granada, Spain is a very, very impressive place to explore. Whether you're all about tapas and flamenco, shopping in the sun or visiting UNESCO world heritage sites Granada is a tourist-friendly for all. Forget the overcrowded Spanish coast and head inland to Spain's culture rich cities. The region of Andalucia attracts people year round for a magnitude of reasons. For us, it was a last minute completely unplanned trip. A last minute flight booked by Jamie's mum who was desperate for some sun, culture and to speak some of her perfect Español.
Visiting The Alhambra at a glance
✓ Language: Spanish
✓ Currency: Euros
✓ Entrance fee: €40-€50 - Other options avilable
✓ Where to stay: Granada, Spain
✓ Budget accommodation: Book an Airbnb
All prices in Euros
To Spain or not to SpainAn impromptu, last minute, culture filled road trip across Spain is not something I would ever turn down in a hurry. You'd be a fool to turn down such a trip. Within four days of the initial talks of our Spanish excursion we had our flights, Airbnb's and rent-a-car booked for a short but packed Andalucian road trip.
We started in Ronda and head down to Granada, then onward to Ojen to visit Jamie's family. We'd finally return to Malaga via Marbella for our flight home 6 days later. A quick trip to enjoy everything Spain in all it's cultural glory.
We arrived in Spain and hit the road. We spent our time admiring the Sierra Nevada mountains, enjoying some traditional Spanish tapas, red wine and experiencing car sickness. The Nichols boy's don't really do winding roads. Something I later found out very well on a 6 month trip through Latin America with Mr Travel Sickness.
Ronda and beyond, food, flamenco and family
Our time in Spain was an adventure from the second we entered Ronda. Our first stop led us to the Fiesta de Flamenco, a celebration that brought the town to a standstill. On to the coast were greeted by Jamie's family in the hilly streets of Ojen and spent one evening in the cutest boutique hotel La Posada del Angel in the scenic white town. In the middle of our trip we found ourselves heading to Granada. A city that we were all equally excited to visit. Several hours on the road and a strange 'is this a car park or a war zone?' experience and we were unpacked and having a traditional Spanish lunch in an authentic Spanish Plaza with the sun beating down fiercely on us. We had arrived in our main destination, Granada.
Granada embodies everything that is Spain, grand architecture, excellent places to drink, eat and socialise. And the main reason we chose to visit the city of Granada, The Alhambra. A UNESCO world heritage site that fascinated us from the second we heard its name.
We booked our tickets for The Alhambra hurriedly online. They sell out fast and often people are left outside queuing with no tickets left for that day. (Take note). We decided that wouldn't be us we'd be seeing The Alhambra no matter what and we mistakenly booked some overprice package online we didn't quite understand. Jamie's mum, a fluent Spanish speaker, was able to work her magic and fix our little issue and we arrived for our tour of The Alhambra without a problem. Check out a few different websites before booking. This is a mistake that could've been costly to us in our crazed urgency to get tickets for The Alhambra.